PARADEX - CMI (Aspen)
CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Paradex.
It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Paradex against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
What Paradex is used for
Paradex is used for the relief of mild to moderate pain.
Paradex contains two active ingredients- dextropropoxyphene hydrochloride and paracetamol. Both drugs have pain relieving properties, however, the combination of the two drugs produces greater pain relief than if either drug was taken alone.
Dextropropoxyphene hydrochloride works by affecting the body's feeling and response to pain. It acts on certain receptors on the nerves.
Paracetamol acts on certain chemicals in the nerves and blocks pain impulses. Paracetamol can also reduce fever.
Your doctor may have prescribed Paradex for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Paradex has been prescribed for you.
There have been reports that dextropropoxyphene hydrochloride is addictive. There is no evidence that paracetamol is addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you take Paradex
When you must not take it
Do not take Paradex if you have an allergy to Paradex or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to Paradex may include:
* shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing
* swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
* skin rash, itching or hives
During the time that you are taking Paradex do not take other paracetamol containing products and do not drink alcohol.
Do not take Paradex after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
Do not take Paradex if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or if the tablets do not look quite right.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking Paradex, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to:
* any other medicines
* any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
* suicidal tendencies or prone to drug dependency
* kidney disease
* liver disease
* lung disease
* alcoholism (or use of excessive amounts of alcohol)
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Paradex is not recommended for use during pregnancy, unless you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss the possible risks and benefits of using Paradex during breast-feeding.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Paradex.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Paradex may interfere with each other. These include:
* medicines used to produce calmness
* medicines to help you sleep
* some medicines for depression
* some medicines that stimulate the nerves
* some medicines for blood clots
* some medicines for epilepsy
* some medicines for infections (antibiotics)
* some medicines that relax muscles
* some medicines for high blood p